Plantar warts are caused by an infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) in the outer layer of skin, commonly on the soles or other weight-bearing areas of your feet.
Warts are formed from hard, grainy, or fleshy skin. Although not dangerous, plantar warts can be uncomfortable or cause minor pain.
A lot of the time plantar warts eventually go away on their own. If you want to take action to remove your wart, our wart treatment ranges from over the counter medication (Salicylic Acid or Aspirin) to a more aggressive surgical removal in severe cases.
This method uses medications or solutions to directly attack the virus, and stimulate your immune system to fight the viral warts. Your doctor may inject your warts with a foreign substance (antigen) or apply a solution or cream to the warts.
The most preferred treatment, and done in the clinic with local anesthetic, liquid nitrogen application has a faster healing time and no risk for scarring on the bottom of the foot. Blister formation after the ‘cryotherapy’ is uncomfortable for 2 to 3 days, and there are no restrictions or harm if the patient bears weight on the area right afterward.
Curettage, or surgical removal, can be performed in an outpatient surgery center if other therapy or conservative treatment fails. Other devices such as electrocautery are used for larger areas and in conjunction with curettage.
Warts untreated can either spread or even disappear over time. Many studies have been made with different forms of treatment and medications to determine what happens to a plantar wart, but a double blind version must be used to accurately see results, since warts do sometimes go away on their own.
Plantar warts are hard to get rid of due to their genetic make-up and the locations where they grow. The sole of the foot or palm of the hand has thick skin where the wart can hide or stay undetected from the body’s immune system.
Plantar warts hurt because of the nerves and small capillaries in the middle of the wart that present at the top layers of the skin. Pressure can cause intense pain, especially squeezing them from side to side.
The fastest way to get rid of a wart is either with liquid nitrogen treatment (cryotherapy) or surgical excision.
Yes you can pull out a plantar wart. They do tend to bleed a lot due to an increased nerve and vascular supply. Many times they do return, but with any type of injury, the body’s immune response will respond to the wart tissue.
The pricing varies, but usually covered by health care insurance. Cash prices vary from $50 with topical medication, $100 with cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen), to $500 if surgically removed.
No plantar warts are not an STD. This virus is specifically an epidermal or exterior skin pathogen. Plantar warts are from the HPV variety (out of hundreds of varieties or strains), but very few present on the feet. It is very difficult to catch a plantar wart from someone, since the virus is usually found in damp, moist areas.
Take action against your plantar warts today, and talk with Moore Foot and Ankle Specialists about getting treatment. We’re ready to help!
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